Articles tagged as ‘Free Resources’

Our Most Popular Free Resources from 2012

One of the things we try to do frequently is release free resources that can be used by our readers. So as the year is winding down we thought it might be helpful to collect our most popular freebies in one place. Chances are there are some resources included in this post that you may have missed when they were originally released. Hopefully there are a few that can help you in some way in your own work.

If you want to be notified of freebies that we release in the coming year, please sign up to receive our weekly email newsletter where we include a free resource in each issue.

WordPress Themes

In 2012 we released 16 free WordPress themes. Here is a look at the most popular themes.

Elegant Photography Theme

If you’re looking for a photography theme that will give your site a simple, yet elegant look, this may be the theme for you. It’s features include 3 color schemes, a customizable homepage slideshow, custom photo galleries, portfolio page template, and a widget-ready sidebar.

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Elegant Photography WordPress Theme

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Free Download: Abstract Backgrounds

Today we have a set of abstract background images that can be downloaded for free. These can be used as wallpaper, or they can be used in your own web designs and other projects. There are 5 different images included. They are the same image in different colors, each with lighting effects to create the abstract look.

Free Download: Abstract Backgrounds

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Free Bleached Paper Textures

We’ve released a few sets of paper textures recently (brown paper textures, grunge paper textures) and today we’re continuing that series with this set of 8 bleached paper textures. These textures were created by simply spraying some bleach on wrinkled brown paper, and scanning. They’re perfect for those times when you want something a little different than a standard brown paper texture.

Free Bleached Paper Textures

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Free Concrete Textures

Concrete textures can be extremely useful and versatile for web and graphic designers. They can be used to create grungy and urban backgrounds, or they can be used subtly to create a soft texture that improves a design without dominating it. Today we have a free set of 5 high resolution concrete textures that we hope will be useful for you in your own design work.

Free Concrete Textures

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Introducing the Precio UI Set, Free and Premium Versions

Today we are releasing our latest mega UI set, Precio. This set includes well over 200 individual elements that can be used in your own designs, which can greatly reduce the amount of time needed. Precio includes a wide variety of elements like navigation menus, buttons, ribbons, badges, infographics elements, comment boxes, pricing tables, form fields, media player elements, dividers, progress loaders, ratings elements, calendars and timers, notifications, login forms, testimonial boxes and more.

The goal of Precio is to make it easier and faster for designers to create mockups and website layouts. The full version of Precio includes 4 PSD files loaded with UI elements, and it comes with an extended multi-use license that allows for use on an unlimited number of personal or commercial projects. The premium version costs $19, or if you are a Vandelay Premier member you can download it here.

Here is a preview of the elements included in Precio. Click on the images to view the elements in full-size to be able to see the detail.

Precio UI Set

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Free Download: Fine UI Kit

Today we have a great freebie that can be used in your own web design projects. This UI kit was designed by Michael Reimer of BestPSDFreebies and it is features a style of simple elegance that will make it useful for a wide variety of types of websites. The set comes in a layered PSD files and includes elements like buttons, rating elements, tags, media player buttons, radio buttons, check boxes, and more.

Free Download: Fine UI Kit

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Free Pavement Textures

Pavement textures are great to have in your arsenal when you need to design a textured background or to give a rough texture to a particular object within a design. This free set of 5 high resolution pavement textures should prove to be useful in your own work. It includes photos from different types of cracked and worn pavement.

Free Pavement Textures

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Zephirro E-Commerce UI Set, Free and Premium Versions

Today we a new product that we’re excited to release! It is a huge UI set that includes the elements most commonly used when designing e-commerce websites. With Zephirro you can quickly and easily design e-commerce sites for your own use or for clients.

Zephirro includes elements like pricing tables, feature boxes, shopping cart, shopping cart widgets, checkout progress bars, checkout, product listing, product detail, user reviews elements, product options like dropdowns and checkboxes, badges, ribbons, notifications, chat support, a login form, navigation menus, and even newsletter sign up boxes. With all of these elements, much of the design work is already done for creating an e-commerce website.

The set includes a total of 4 PSD files. Each element is layered for easy customization and editing. You can make some customizations for each e-commerce site you design and use some of the same elements over and over again to save time in your design process.

The premium set costs just $19 and comes with our standard multi-use, extended license. That means you can use it on as many projects as you would like, including templates and themes that will be sold or given away, with no need to buy a developer’s license. Full license details are available here. And if you’re a Vandelay Premier member you can download Zephirro at no additional cost here.

Click on the images below to view them in full-size.

Zephirro E-Commerce UI Set

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Free Damaged Wood Textures

Wood textures are some of the most commonly used types of textures by graphic designers. You can never have too many different types of wood textures, and this set will help to add to your collection. Here you’ll get 5 free high resolution textures from damaged and worn wood. They’re great when you need a wood texture with a grungy or edgy feel.

Free Damaged Wood Textures

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Free Peeling Paint Textures

Looking for a set of original decay or grunge-style textures? This free set includes 5 high resolution textures from photographs of peeling paint on different walls. Most of the textures are peeling paint on cement block walls, but one is from a metal wall. We hope they can be put to good use for creating your own grungy textures in your designs.

Free Peeling Paint Textures

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Free Set of Hand-Drawn Icons

Today we have a special free gift from our friend Damian Watracz. Damian has designed a number of awesome resources for Vandelay Premier, and today we have a set of icons that he has offered for free to readers of the Vandelay Design blog! The set includes 28 different icons all with a stylish hand-drawn look.

The icons come in PSD format (all in one PSD file). They are made of vector shapes so they can be re-sized and scaled to meet your needs. You can easily style the shape layers to change colors or add other effects.

Free Hand-Drawn Icons

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Free Stone Textures

Quality stone textures can be extremely useful because they are so versatile. They’re great for layering and combining with other types of textures, they’re good for backgrounds, and some stone textures are perfect for creating that subtle textured look that give your design a finishing touch. This free set includes 5 different high resolution stone textures that can be used in your own work.

Free Stone Textures

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Introducing Exotico UI Set, Free and Premium Versions

Today we are excited to release an extensive UI set called Exotico. It’s one of the largest UI sets available anywhere and it includes elements for navigation menus, buttons, media players, calendars, sliders, and much more.

The premium set includes 4 PSD files full of UI elements that are ready to be added to your own designs and mockups. You can use this set to drastically speed up the design process, and it helps you to create a stylish and attractive design. Each PSD is layered to allow you to edit each individual resource to suit your own needs. The elements included are previewed in the images below. Please view the detail by clicking on the images to see them in full-size.

The premium set costs just $19 and comes with a multi-use, extended license. Use it on as many projects as you would like, including templates and themes that will be sold or given away. Full license details are available here. And if you’re a Vandelay Premier member you can download Exotico at no additional cost here.

To make the set useful to as many people as possible, we’re also giving away a free version of Exotico that includes just some of the resources. See the bottom of this post for details and a download link.

Exotico UI Set, Free and Premium Versions

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Free Download: Interactive Portfolio PDF (InDesign Template)

If you find yourself frequently exchanging emails with potential clients, you may be interested in sending them a PDF file that shows off your work. This free InDesign file will allow you to do just that. You can customize the file to include your own details and samples from your own portfolio, save it as an interactive PDF and email it to potential clients.

Portfolio PDF

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45 Free Wood Textures

The use of textures can be an easy way to add character to a design. Wood textures are particularly common in web design, and in this post we’ll featuring 45 free wood textures. If you’re looking for a texture to use in your own work hopefully this will be helpful. As always when you are dealing with freebies, be sure to read the license before using it.

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